Padres Down on the Farm: April 12 (Storm stay hot/Howell 2 hits in SA/Liberato 2 hits for EP)
The San Diego Padres, minor league affiliates, went 1-3 on Wednesday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 7-2 to Albuquerque Isotopes) (4-7 on the season)
Reiss Knehr: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K (41 pitches, 26 strikes)
Drew Carlton: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (17 pitches, 12 strikes)
Luis Liberato: (2-for-3), BB
Preston Tucker: (1-for-4), 2B, R, K
El Paso’s offense was shut down for most of the game, meaning that Pedro Avila’s poor start proved to be disastrous for the Chihuahuas. Avila cruised through his first two innings before everything unraveled in the third. He gave up hits to the first five hitters of the inning, including a three-run home run. A pair of walks forced him from the game early.
The Chihuahuas did take a two-run lead after a quick start, but that evaporated once Avila collapsed. The score stayed 5-2 for several innings before Albuquerque added a pair of runs off the back end of El Paso’s bullpen.
San Antonio Missions (Lost 7-1 to Frisco) (2-3 on the season)
Nick Hernandez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K (25 pitches, 21 strikes)
Jose Quezada: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (30 pitches, 18 strikes)
Korry Howell: (2-for-4), 2 K
Connor Hollis: (0-for-2), 3 BB, K
San Antonio’s bats fell silent, as they just amassed six hits, all of which were singles. Frisco scored four runs in the second inning, chasing Missions’ starter Efrain Contreras from the game. Edwuin Bencomo came into the game to try and get out of the jam, but he allowed two more runs. The Roughriders added two more off Kevin Kopps, which effectively ended the game.
That put Frisco ahead 7-0 before San Antonio got a run back in the bottom of the fourth. Evan Mendoza brought Tirso Ornelas home on a single.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 4-0 to Lake County) (0-5 on the season)
Garrett Hawkins: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 2 K (63 pitches, 37 strikes)
Alan Mundo: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (32 pitches, 20 strikes)
Brandon Valenzuela: (1-for-3), K
Jackson Merrill: (1-for-4)
It was a fifth straight loss to open the season for Fort Wayne, who had even less offensive success than El Paso and San Antonio. They had just four hits, none of which went for extra bases, in their shutout loss in their home opener. Garrett Hawkins battled through some jams, allowing just a run in three tough innings. Alan Mundo added two more scoreless innings to start the game, meaning that Fort Wayne was down just 1-0 through five innings.
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— Fort Wayne TinCaps (@TinCaps) April 12, 2023
However, the TinCaps could not get anything going offensively, recording just one hit over the final seven innings of the game. The Captains put the game away with three runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 7-4 vs. Inland Empire) (5-0 on the season)
Isaiah Lowe: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 4 K (53 pitches, 36 strikes)
Rosman Verdugo: (3-for-5), 2 2B, 2 RBI, R, K
Albert Fabian: (2-for-2), 2B, RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, HBP
Anthony Vilar: (2-for-4), 3B, 2 RBI, BB
Lake Elsinore continued their red-hot start, winning their fifth consecutive game to start the season. Isaiah Lowe and Jake Madden put together three scoreless innings to start the game before both offenses woke up in the fourth. The Storm began to pull away when extra-base hits from Rosman Verdugo and Anthony Vilar put Lake Elsinore up two.
Lake Elsinore expanded their lead to five with three runs in the top of the sixth, despite recording just two hits (both singles) in the inning. However, a three-run home run in the bottom of the inning from Ben Gobbel brought Inland Empire back into the game. Vilar brought home Verdugo to provide some much-needed insurance before Lake Elsinore sealed the win late.
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